Will Rogers Middle School's show choir will prance the “Great White Way” during spring break.
Approximately 20 students, some with their parents, will fly out of Kansas City and spend March 17-21 at a youth hostel in New York City.
The show choir is under the direction of Will Rogers Middle School teacher Robbie Lewis.
At the top of their agendas, the students will attend the Broadway shows of “Wicked” and “Mama Mia.”
“My family has always been crazy about ‘Wicked,’” said Hannah Osborn, a 12-year-old seventh grader. “This will be the first time any of us has had the chance to see the show on Broadway.”
In addition to seeing “Mama Mia” live, on Broadway, the students will have the opportunity to participate in a workshop performed by some of its performers.
“The show choir will get to work on a dance and a song that they will then include in their competitive performances,” said Rhoda McMinn, Will Rogers Middle School librarian. “The cast of ‘Mama Mia’ will teach them how to see the song.”
In addition to Broadway, the students will walk down Fifth Avenue, visit Central Park, the Statue of Liberty, Little Italy and Chinatown.
“The girls are anticipating shopping,” McMinn said. “They've already been warned that if they buy too much it will have to be shipped home. Extra luggage on planes cost too much.”
Sam Hale, 12, son of Sam and Katrina Hale, is also in the seventh grade.
In addition to Broadway, he is looking forward to seeing the Statue of Liberty and riding the subway.
The trip will cost each child $800.
The students have been working very hard to help accumulate some of the cost.
On Feb. 23, members of the show choir will serve at Pizza Inn from 5 to 8 p.m. with the proceeds helping with the cost of the trip.
The students have also sold several hundred books of Pizza Hut coupons. As of Monday, they were awaiting the printing of another 100 coupon books.
“The books are only $6 and they are a really good value,” McMinn said.
Hale sold coupons throughout Miami as well as in Baxter Springs, Kan., and southeastern Kansas.
“Selling the coupons and working at Pizza Inn is better than just selling little things like candy,” Osborn said. “It shows that we're working to finance our goal.”
The show choir is also looking for sponsorship of the t-shirt the students will wear around the city.
“Students wear these t-shirts all the time,” McMinn said. “The sponsors would get plenty of publicity.”
Those interested in purchasing a coupon book, sponsor a t-shirt or making a donation, can contact McMinn at 542-5588.